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PRI's Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen from WNYC is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy - so let Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life.
Kurt Andersen - novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary "Spy" magazine - gets inside the creative mind through conversations with guests such as Yo-Yo Ma, Zadie Smith, Sean Lennon, Sean Penn, Walter Mosely, Dolly Parton, Ang Lee, Dave Eggers, Frank Gehry, and Tori Amos. Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen is also the place where a Freudian shrink can analyze a videogame about bunnies and astronauts play piano on the International Space Station.
Spend an hour at Coney Island with "They Might Be Giants," walk through steel monoliths with sculptor Richard Serra, and hang out with indie rock stars in an Omaha basement. Let Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen be your cultural guide.
Friday, December 20, 2013 12:00am
The director Julie Taymor walks away from a high-profile flop and into a dream. She tells Kurt Andersen what went wrong on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and how she reinvented A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a new production off-Broadway. We look back on the year in culture: from Beyoncé to Miley to Macbeth. And just four years out of Juilliard, the actor Adam Driver (Girls, Inside Llewyn Davis) has arrived as Hollywood’s new star.
Friday, December 13, 2013 12:00am
Kurt Andersen talks with the writer and musician James McBride, whose novel The Good Lord Bird recently won the National Book Award. McBride also brings his gospel quintet into the studio for a live performance. Kate Manning tells the story of one of 19th century New York’s most infamous, and perhaps misunderstood, women. Plus, we’ll hear about how the debut recording by soprano Leontyne Price set the bar for generations of singers.
Friday, December 6, 2013 12:00am
The filmmaker Alexander Payne returns to his home state for Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son on a fateful road trip. Kurt Andersen talks with them and scene-stealing co-star June Squibb. We’ll explore the newest-oldest trend in movies: black-and-white. And Ornette Coleman breaks the rules of jazz and sets a new bar for spontaneous invention.
Friday, November 29, 2013 12:00am
Follow the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discover places in the land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.
It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how Oz captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how the playwright Neil LaBute, the late filmmaker Nora Ephron, the novelist Salman Rushdie, and the musician Bobby McFerrin, found magic, meaning, and inspiration in Oz.
(Originally aired: November 19, 2005)
Friday, November 22, 2013 12:00am
This week, Kurt Andersen announces a new listener challenge: design a holiday ornament to be printed in 3D, courtesy of MakerBot. A writer and book designer creates his tour-de-force — a catalog of books by an imaginary author. We’ll hear how a classic performance by Will Rogers helped bring down a president. And the self-described “doom soul/gothic gospel” band Cold Specks plays live in the studio.